I have been working in the occupation therapy field since the summer of 2017, and have been with MOI since that time. I graduated from St. Ambrose University with my Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2017. While there, I participated in additional extracurricular coursework such as: CarFit, Adaptive Water Skiing, and developed an adaptive cooking and gardening program.
On the “Hands-On” Difference . . .
MOI has many skilled individuals and resources, which are utilized through a team approach. The therapists work closely with the physicians, which allows for seamless communication, and ultimately providing better patient outcomes. As an Occupational Therapist working in an outpatient setting, we treat upper extremity conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. I inspire to become credentialed as a Certified Hand Therapist, specializing in these upper extremity conditions. I am very passionate about the field of occupational therapy because it allows me to be creative with the therapy process, as well as treat using a holistic point of view.
On Motivating Patients:
Once I decided on a career in occupational therapy, it was always my goal and dream to work at MOI. Growing up in the Sycamore community, I knew MOI was a highly respected institute that was filled with professional individuals. Working at MOI since I was a new graduate is one of my biggest accomplishments, and I am proud to work here. I am inspired by the success and accomplishments of my patient’s during their therapy process. Upper extremity injuries can have such a large impact on individual’s small day to day tasks, and once they are injured, it can truly have a large impact on their outlook on life.
On Life Outside of MOI . . .
When I am not working, I enjoy spending my free time outdoors. I love to garden and spend time on my family’s farm. I also enjoy crafting and doing home improvement projects, as well as spend time playing with my dog outdoors.